Clarence Joseph Kirchner, Jr., age 86, of St. Patrick, MO, passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the Lewis Co. Nursing Home in Canton, MO.
Clarence was born May 7, 1928 at St. Patrick, MO, a son of Clarence Joseph and Nellie Ryan Kirchner.
He was united in marriage to Nancy L. Collins on October 18, 1949 at the Shrine of St. Patrick, MO.
Survivors include four sons: Clinton (Dixie) Kirchner of Kahoka, MO, Curtis (Jenny) Kirchner of Eldon, MO, Clifford (Lisa) Kirchner of Springdale, AR and Craig (Janis) Kirchner of Buford, GA; four daughters: Marcia (Edd) Hardin of Canton, MO, Myrna (Danny) Daughtry of Neoga, IL, Carol (Kevin) Hinkebein of O’Fallon, MO and Judy Kirchner of Baldwinsville, NY; a son-in-law, Terry Hunziker of Kahoka, MO; sixteen grandchildren: Leslie Hardin of Edgerton, KS, Matt (Michelle) Kirchner of Kahoka, MO, Audrey (Monty) Bringer of Maywood, MO, Sam Daughtry of Los Angeles, CA, Steve (Kristen) Daughtry of St. Patrick, MO, Christina Kirchner of Eldon, MO, Curtis (Christina) Kirchner of Troy, MO, Jessie (Nathan) Sparks of Canton, MO, Mary and John Kirchner of Springdale, MO, Nicholas, Emily, and Catherine Hinkebein of O’Fallon, MO, Natalie and C. J. Kirchner of Buford, GA and Brent (Jenny) Cutler of Lawrence, KS; eight great grandchildren: Tayler Wellborn, Taylor, Rachael and Jordyn Bringer, Mason Kirchner, Dillon Welch and Brady and Ellie Cutler; two brothers, Howard (Sandie) Kirchner of Canton, MO, Harold (Mary Jo) Kirchner of Downing, MO; three sisters, Isabelle (Jim) Hansen of Rock Island, IL, Virginia Collins of Spring Valley, IL, and Lucille Hungate of Galesburg, IL; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Emily (Bob) Jones of Ewing, MO and Coos Collins of North Bend, WA; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy, on August 26, 2006; a son, Carl; one daughter, Cathy Hunziker; and brothers-in-law, Charles and Wayne Collins and Bill Hungate.
Clarence was a life-long member of the Shrine of St. Patrick and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He spent his life as a proud resident of St. Patrick, graduating from St. Patrick High School and instilling in his family a love for their special heritage. Their lives were spent around family, the church and festivities, and even today they all return home for St. Patrick’s Day and the 4th of July. For forty-three years Clarence was in charge of the greased pig contest.
He was a grain and livestock farmer and took pride in the stewardship of the land he was entrusted with. In earlier years he loved riding horses and had raised a show horse. He also enjoyed hunting coyote and raising hunting dogs. Visiting with family and friends was one of his greatest forms of enjoyment.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Shrine of St. Patrick, St. Patrick, MO with Father James Wheeler officiant and Kristin Roth, Pastoral Administrator. Readers were Kevin and Nicholas Hinkebein and Curtis Kirchner. Gift Bearers were Judy Wheeler and Linda Boudreau. Eucharist Ministers were Robert and Rita Kirchner.
Mrs. Julie Kirchner was organist and Mrs. Jessie Sparks, vocalist. Special music was “What a Day That Will Be”, “Be Not Afraid”, “Shepherd Me, Oh God”, “Amazing Grace”, “Precious Lord”, “Song of Farewell” and “How Great Thou Art”.
Pallbearers were Leslie Hardin, Sam and Steve Daughtry, Curtis and Matt Kirchner, Nicholas Hinkebein, John Kirchner and Brent Cutler.
Burial was in the St. Patrick Cemetery.
Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 9 a.m. Monday with family receiving friends from 5-8 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary followed and also a Prayer Service led by Kristin Roth.
Memorials were suggested to the St. Patrick Cemetery.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.